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AMKE: The List 9-12-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

Yesterday people around the nation marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with prayers, ceremonies, vows, and remembrance of the 3,000 victims of that day.  President Obama and Former President George Bush stood together at Ground Zero as the names of victims were read.

Here in Milwaukee, there were several events being held to honor the victims and their families. State firefighters climbed the U.S. Bank Building stairs multiple times, as the equivalent of the World Trade Center. The money raised from the event is being donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. There were thousands of American flags throughout the city representing each person killed in the attacks. And a piece of steel from the World Trade Center was delivered last Thursday and is now a part of Milwaukee’s War Memorial.

MUG, it stands for Milwaukee Urban Gardens and it celebrated its 10th anniversary over the weekend with three events. The public was welcome and MUG Fest, as they call it, was a chance for people to learn about the growing urban agriculture movement. MUG has expanded a great deal over the years, having seen a 25% increase in interest for community gardens. Right now it owns or leases land for 27gardens and assists 16 through a variety of programs.

The Texas wildfire is growing which means the number of homes destroyed has increased as well. Now over 1,500 homes are damaged and 17 people are missing. The worst of the fires consumed more than 30,000 acres in an area southeast of Austin. Firefighters will continue to battle the blaze and evacuation plans will be put in place for residents near the scorched areas.

Today starts Habitat for Humanity's Blitz Build Week. Several volunteers will frame an entire home within five days. Today they'll start with the first floor walls and by Wednesday the roof trusses will arrive.  By this weekend, the entire home will be enclosed with windows, doors and partial siding. Milwaukee habitat hosts five new construction build weeks each year.

You may have seen some cardboard cutouts of babies around town last month, well now real babies are replacing those cutouts. Mayor Barrett started a campaign called, "Strong Babies" and it's aimed at reducing Milwaukee’s infant mortality rate. Recently five babies were chosen to represent that campaign, and it just so happens they all eat spinach. Each baby received a $200 U.S. Savings Bond and will star in his or her own print and outdoor ad campaign later this month. There were roughly 300 babies that tried for the casting and a lucky five were chosen.
2. FYI: Kallao is off through Thursday, so our Program Director Mark Keefe is filling in.
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